The Father Mazzuchelli Society is a nonprofit LLC and a lay group founded in 2013 that proposes the holy frontier missionary Dominican Father Samuel Mazzuchelli as having a lot to teach and offer for the new evangelization. The Society founder, Elizabeth Durack, is a 35 year old Catholic in Madison, WI whose initiative was catalyzed by a series of striking personal experiences from summer of 2012 to the beginning of 2013, including a parish pilgrimage to sites in the Madison Diocese associated with Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, seeking out the NETWORK Lobby “Nuns on the Bus” at Sinsinawa and Janesville, the Sinsinawa premier of a film Band of Sisters about women religious who believe in “women priests” and pantheism–and after, being disturbingly unable to find any sisters who didn’t agree with the film, as she wrote on her blog. Another similarly-minded group of LCWR women religious in the Madison diocese had tragically left the Church and started a breakaway sect, so Durack’s project to look into what was going on with the Sinsinawa Dominicans was encouraged and supported by other local lay Catholics who were devoted to Father Mazzuchelli and concerned for the orthodoxy and ecclesial communion of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, one of the largest women’s religious congregations in the US. Their past history is one of tremendous contributions to the Church and American society. Father Mazzuchelli’s legacy has a future in continuity with that past; his mission, which is identical with that of the Catholic Church, must continue.

The Father Mazzuchelli Society:

  • Maintains an informative website promoting devotion to Father Mazzuchelli and also information about the Sisters he founded, the Sinsinawa Dominicans
  • Publishes Father Mazzuchelli’s Memoirs in an inexpensive, attractive edition
  • Created A Report on the Sinsinawa Dominicans Today, an investigation concerning problems that have sadly damaged the Sisters’ relationship with the Catholic Church and contribution to her saving mission
  • Encourages prayer and fasting, as well as almsgiving for religious Sisters’ retirement and vocations
  • Promotes Father Mazzuchelli as a fascinating and heroic figure with missionary advice and insight to inspire us for the work of re-evangelizing society and bringing Catholics back to full belief and practice of the Faith
  • Is comprised of lay people who love the Church and the religious life and are interested in the healing thereof and the good of everyone
  • Operates on a thin shoestring and does not accept donations from the public, nor do the books it publishes generate any royalties
Father Mazzuchelli Society founder Elizabeth Durack at the grave of Samuel Mazzuchelli in Benton Wisconsin, on February 23, 2012, the anniversary of his death

Elizabeth Durack at the grave of Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli in Benton, WI after praying for the advancement of his cause for Beatification on February 23, the anniversary of his death



Wisdom from the first great prioress of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, via a 1971 edition of Sinsinawa ExCHANGE magazine.